Tightrope: Working-class despair and the seeds of hope

07.23.2020 - By HBS Managing the Future of Work

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Working class Americans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. In their recent book, "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Sheryl WuDunn (HBS ‘86) and Nicholas Kristof focus on the group's decades-long struggles with economic insecurity, substance abuse, incarceration, and chronic ill-health. WuDunn discusses the hard-to-break intergenerational cycles of poverty and despair, the impact of Covid-19, and some glimmers of hope.

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